Patrons of SEUK

Chris Addison

Chris Addison has recently joined Social Enterprise UK as a patron and supporter. Chris will be working closely with us to help champion the work of social enterprises and spread the message of the impact they have on society. Chris described social enterprise as a “sector that is taking the best of people’s entrepreneurial talent, the best of their energy and putting this back into the community.”Read more

Claire Dove CBE DL

Claire Dove OBE DL is a key player in the social enterprise movement and served two terms as SEUK's Chair. Since the early 1980’s she has led the Blackburne House Group using her entrepreneurial skills to support the growth of the organisation into an award winning and extremely successful social business.Read more

Baroness Glenys Thornton

Baroness Glenys Thornton is the current Shadow Spokesperson (Health) for The House of Lords. She grew up in inner-city Bradford, attended a local comprehensive, and then studied politics and government at the London School of Economics, where she is now a Governor. She has previously been a Council member of Oxford Brookes University and served as a communications adviser to successive VCs of Cambridge University.Read more

David Gold

David is the CEO of Prospectus, a business that he describes as having “old fashioned values, yet fit for today”. His career started in the Financial Sector and he stayed for 19 years, latterly on the board and management team of UBS Asset Management.Read more

Lord John Bird MBE

Lord John Bird MBE, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Big Issue was born into poverty and brought up in care. His life’s journey has included spells as prison inmate, artist and printer. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, and a cross-bench peer appointed to the House of Lords in October 2015.Read more

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen has joined Social Enterprise UK as a patron and supporter and will be working with us to promote and champion social enterprise models that can help tackle our most pressing challenges.Read more